Mike Gillespie returns to USC with Irvine
It's another homecoming for Irvine Coach Mike Gillespie, who in 20 seasons at USC guided the Trojans to 15 playoff appearances, four World Series and the 1998 national title. Gillespie, however, was forced out after the 2006 season and replaced by Chad Kreuter, his son-in-law.
Irvine hired Gillespie before the 2008 season, and he led the Anteaters to a Super Regional appearance and a 42-18 record. Among those victories was an 11-3 win over the Trojans at USC's Dedeaux Field.
Irvine is 7-4 this season, USC 4-6.
Gillespie has a 812-493-2 career record. Kreuter, who played 17 years in the major leagues, is 59-63 in two-plus seasons with the Trojans.
-- Gary Klein
Photo: Mike Gillespie, UC Irvine baseball coach. Credit: Nati Harnik/Associated Press